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This is where we keep all our 30BaD testimonials! Please share your positive experiences from being HCRV and from being a member here. We encourage you to share before and after pics, stories of how 30BaD has helped you on your HCRV path and anything else you feel is relevant. This will be a great positive space for newbies to come and be inspired by those who have succeeded on the lifestyle before them with the assistance of the 30BaD crew :) Please thank Elle for coming up with this brilliant idea!

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Comment by Kate Florio 16 hours ago
Angela,
YES, I did – I believe it was within the first three weeks or so!
I brush with baking soda also, but that is not what got rid of the sensitivity – it seemed to be massaging that got rid of the sensitivity – one of those massagers that you can get at Brookstone. If you are from the US, Brookstone might sound familiar, but if you're from a different country – I don't know. Anyway, that massager thing really works every time my teeth get sensitive!!!

VERY INTERESTING – about people with ED having so much discipline!!!!!! I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!!!! Normal people have a stop button – when they have had enough to eat, they stop. I cannot imagine any higher form of self-discipline than that!!!!! I agree – it is absolutely wonderful to be able to pig out on fruit all day long, and not feel guilty one iota!!!!!!!!!!!! 99% of the time I eat any other food, there is guilt guilt guilt either during or after!!!!! ETL (eat to live) says you can eat all the salads you want, and I tried – I gained weight!!!! I don't think Dr. Fuhrman has a clue about my capacity!!!!
Comment by Angela Gortney yesterday
Katie,

My mother is an alcoholic for 30+ years and In the worst of my ED I would ask my husband why people can recover from alcohol yet I can stop binging/purging and he said because you can't stop eating you can eliminate alchol that's easy..I read somewhere that most people who have an eating disorder have the strongest willpower because most people give up on diets but people with ED stick to their diet then restrict so bad that the body natural reaction is to EaT! I saw so many doctors and other successful people on this website I joined for recovery..I am so happy that I can eat 3500 calories of fruit and nothing happens to my emotions anymore relief. Hey since coming from ED did you have teeth sensitivity? How long did it last you? I've been brushing with baking soda..
Comment by Kate Florio yesterday
Angela,
I agree, we are so very blessed – and so very lucky.
Interestingly enough I have read other sites, such as Fuhrman's ETL, the McDougall plan etc. and there are testimonies of people saying " I had an ED, and now I do not!" That leads me to believe that once, as individuals, find our own eating nitch, the ED tends to disappear!!!!!

Just as an FYI, I saw a show today called the Doctors, and there was a man who lost a significant amount of weight. Not only did he give up eating like a pig but he also gave up smoking – at the same time!!
At the end of his over 200 pound loss, one of the doctors asked him which was harder to give up, smoking or eating? His answer was "eating - by far – smoking was easy to give up in a matter of two or three weeks or a month, but even today I still crave food"!!!! I thought that was very interesting – because we are faced with food every day, we can put cigarettes aside and just not look at them!!! So, I say CONGRATULATIONS to anyone of us who is able to rise above the ED!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by Angela Gortney yesterday
Kate,

When I first started this journey I was like about to accept that I had an eating disorder for life..I wanted to cry and felt dead inside. My husband didn't know how to help me recover from my eating disorder we spent so much time beleiving it was "emotional" which is sooo stupid! Once I fed my body food there was no emotion at all! The whole entire country does not know how to "treat" any eating disorders and there is little information on how to really recover! So happy to know there are so many others recovering from this lifestyle soo blessed we are :)
Comment by Kate Florio yesterday
Angela,
This post inspires me because of the line "nothing else worked besides this"!
I am the same way....NOTHING else works! With fruit I CAN STOP,
but with any other foods I cannot - there is no stop button!!!!!!! I just keep
going and going til I am uncomfortably full, and I sometimes go beyond that!!!

When I try to explain that concept to my non ED friends, their faces go blank - no matter
what I say!!!! They usually say, 'Just stop!!!' It is extraordinarily frustrating to share with them why I am sticking to this 30 BAD, and holding on tight like my life depended on it!!!!!!! Actually, in fact, it does!!!!!!

All I can say is GOOD LUCK to us and the rest of the ED crowd who finds success in this and this only!!!!
Comment by Angela Gortney yesterday

So I am new to the 30bananasaday website but I have been following Freelee on instagram for a while now! I found the 80/10/10 book which lead me into searching the hashtag on IG and I found her that way. When I first read the book I was so scared to believe that it was true but once I watched all the videos I was convinced to give it a try! I have battled with bulimia everyday for the last 4 years, prior to that it was like 1 time a month since age 17. I started restricting calories when I was 17 because I wanted to be thin, which lead into the bulimia which I learned from a friend who got skinny doing it ( sO SAD!) I have tried everything from hiring a personal nutritionist, eating atkins, eating paleo, buying books on bulimia, hypnotherapy, meditation, etc..nothing else worked besides this!!! I havent stepped on the scale since going HCLFV lifestyle but all my pants still fit so i guess thats good..haha Freelee was so inspiring that I new this was my way to recover! I became a vegan overnight threw out all my old food and supplements which by the way i use to drink coffee 5 times a day to avoid eating now I don't drink aanything besides WATER. :) I wasn't perfect in the beginning i messed up a few times but since now doing this for 3 weeks I have not one single regret and I have had upwards of 4,000 fruit calories in a day and felt amazing the next morning. My husband always reminds me "freelee says carbs are your friends" haha whenever I felt paranoid about eating in the beginning. I am a mother of 3 beautiful kids and I am so THANKFUL to free and her videos for helping me loose my ED, depression, anxiety, coffee addiction, smoking addiction, supplement addiction, ETC!!!!! Hope this helps inspire others :) 

Comment by Kate Florio on April 12, 2014 at 10:23am
THANK YOU, Airin!
I have experienced that in the past...I would lose them in the short run, but they would end up
respecting me in the long run. I just haven't had the nerve to do it here, in Reno, yet - just moved here a few months ago!
The success was in Albuquerque, New Mexico!!! The friends in ABQ were solidly established...
I had known them for several years.
Comment by Airin Oluwapelumi on April 12, 2014 at 4:06am

If you loose friends because of a choice you made to better yourself and your health then they were never your friends to begin with. A true friend will lift you up and push you towards success. :)

Comment by Kate Florio on April 12, 2014 at 3:46am
Wow, I wonder how we do that without losing friends!
HOW DO YOU DO A DIET LIKE THIS WITHOUT LOSING FRIENDS???
Comment by Fruity Fitness on April 12, 2014 at 3:08am
Very inspiring, Melinda! Great job!! :)
Comment by Melinda M on April 12, 2014 at 2:41am

Barbequing myself a heartattack on the cost of another beings life VS. Carbing up on a plant based, abuntante, cruelty free diet with minimal exercise (maximal healing).

Comment by Janice Morris on April 12, 2014 at 1:47am

good for you!!

Comment by Airin Oluwapelumi on April 10, 2014 at 3:57am

Hello everyone, my name is Airin I've been raw till 4 for about 3 months now and before that I was vegetarian. My life has been an up and down roll coaster of battling with my weight and my emotional state. Although its not currently perfect in the past three months I can honestly say I feel more connected physically and emotionally. I've lost an outstanding 80lbs in 15 weeks and still have about another 80lbs to go before I'm at a healthy sustainable weight. Yes thats right I was almost 300lbs when I started :( BUT not anymore.  Freelee has been such an inspiration I can honestly say her investment into this community, advice, enthusiasm, and honesty has contributed to saving my life. I started sharing my journey on YouTube, Facebook, and twitter so if people were interested in following me on this journey or perhaps joining in if they were experiencing some of the same difficulties then it was available to them.  I don't have very many followers or views because I did just start it, and who knows if I will ever get a lot, but my motive is not to make money off of this or to become famous I just want to help people, if I can help save just one person I would be happy with that, (of course my motive is to help millions).  I currently am studying to become a RDN (Registered Dietitian) and one of my biggest dreams is to own my own clinic and non profit organization.  Helping people is something I've always done well, and cant wait to make a career out of it.  I should have my degree this December and can start making moves.  My profile picture is the most recent picture I have of my weight loss on the left you'll see me at my biggest on the 16th of Dec and on the right you will see me as of the 16h of march. 3 months down a life time to go!! :)

Comment by Adam Berger on March 27, 2014 at 11:27am

This was me in June at the peak of my bulky bodybuilder phase before deciding to switch to fitness modeling

Comment by Adam Berger on March 27, 2014 at 11:16am

Hello vegan community! My name is Adam and I would like to share a snippet of my story with you on being naive, learning lessons, being grateful, but ultimately obtaining revelation and insight through which I acquired a burning passion to help others in conquests of personal health and development. The essence of this story is to provide just a small addition to the ever compounding evidence and testimonials of the amazing healing and nourishing benefits of the vegan lifestyle. So let me start at the beginning in terms of relevance, at age 14 and a sophmore in high school I became overly consumed in the hollow aura of narcissism. It is not uncommon for high schoolers to become self centered and overly conscious on their appearance as we have such an unhealthy obsession with it in this country but I was one of the few who took the boundaries and kept pushing. I was at this time in a dream sequence of desire to become a model or some sort of figure who's livelihood revolved around the manifestation of physical appearance. In the second semester I became infatuated with bodybuilding and quickly became a fan of my first role model in the field, Frank McGrath. I mean no disrespect to Mr. McGrath or any of the bodybuilders who became my role models for the proceeding 3.5 years I just want to give an in depth explanation of how this time period evolved. I watched all of Frank's videos (He is sponsored by Universal (Animal) supplement company) and became quickly inspired to amplify my musculature to one of extreme development. I should first mention however that this also followed a very hard break up in which a girl I loved cheated on me with my closest friend of 5 years. I did not have ample control of my emotions at this time and let anger fuel the exalt of this individual and allowed hatred to enter me. I became fueled with the idea of being ever prepared for the moment in which I could see him and engage in physical conflict to fully exorcise my rage and began intense weight training as a result. This individual avoided me like the plague (I threatened him blatantly with what I wished to do with him on the night of the occurrence) as I kept building myself. It was during this time that I was introduced to Frank McGrath and I eventually let go of my original motive and steered more so into the realms of building myself to be a bodybuilder. I still held onto my original motive as a means of driving force but I became more interested in my own evolution into the world of bodybuilding. Eventually that individual and I worked out our matters peacefully and my motives became fully geared toward bodybuilding, I was now (summer time going into junior year) convinced that I wanted to be a pro bodybuilder/Mr. Olympia as my profession. I was inspired by men such as Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, and Phil Heath. Fast forward to the summer going into senior year I began my early dabble in PED's. I started out with pro hormones (precursors to steroids) and played with these throughout my senior year of high school. Toward the end of my senior year in April I got on the needle with Testosterone mixed with some pro hormones. By the end of my senior year I bulked up to a solid 220 lbs. In June I decided I no longer wanted to become Mr. Olympia because while I was doing steroids and some other peptides and chemicals such as Clenbuterol I was not fond of the notion of using certain drugs such as Insulin (which almost all of the top level pros use). I decided instead I would like to lean out and do fitness modeling instead and have a physique more tune to individuals such as Steve Cook. I knew steroids were still involved in this ring of bodybuilding but they did not partake in the use of heavier drugs such as high doses of HGH, insulin, IGF-1 ect. So I managed to cut down to about 180-185 and got quite ripped. I started gaining a lot of female attention and this time was honestly enjoyable.

Comment by Adam Berger on March 27, 2014 at 11:15am

By the beginning of freshman year in college I was still doing pretty good. I was using drugs such as testosterone propionate, trenbolone acetate, clenbuterol, IG1-1 LR3, and T3. I soon began experiencing symptoms of declining health such as an overall run down feeling coupled with angina and heart palpitations. However, due to my overwhelming obsession with physical appearance and lack of common sense I ignored it and continued. In December of 2012 a week before Christmas I fell into cardiac arrest and had a heart attack. Fortunately I survived the incident (I can talk about the details of what happened on the day of the attack but I've already written a lot so I can share this at a separate time). It is incredible how immediate my complete outlook on everything I ever knew changed within just a few hours. After 4 years of obsessing over physical appearance it now meant absolutely nothing to me. In the hospital I experienced incredible gratitude for the retention of my life and thereby swore to devote my life to health and vitality. Upon leaving the hospital I became a vegetarian. A week after the incident I had cardiology testing done and sure enough the tests came back revealing that my heart was beating irregularly, inefficiently, and was enlarged. However, despite this obvious area of concern I felt confident that I would be able to heal myself and pursued that goal. A couple months later I switched from vegetarian to full vegan. In June I returned to the cardiologist for a follow up of the same tests and the results were that my heart was now beating regularly, efficiently, and had even shrunk back down to a normal size. In fact, the doctors actual words were "Your heart looks normal now." My doctors also mentioned that I had healed in such a way that it appeared as if nothing had ever happened to me. I attribute much of this healing to the dietary principles I implemented which were inspired from the works of T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyne, John McDougall and others. I discovered that an addictive personality is something that I possess as an innate quality of my character however I can use it for great good as opposed to the destruction it had caused. During this time (no offense to the materialists) I truly feel as if I had a divine revelation to live a life of practicing medicine and healing. I now have the aspiration of becoming a doctor for which I am now in school to become, specifically cardiology however I am keeping myself open to all fields of medicine. All I know is my purpose is to be a healer, I feel that to the very depth and core of my being. I have all of this to thank via my participation in the vegan lifestyle. There is much more to the story as well in terms of my philosophical explorations at the time of my rebirth (I consider the date of my heart attack the day I was reborn as it changed my life in that much of a drastic way.) My story can be expanded into philosophical, spiritual, intellectual and academic realms along with the dietary but I limited it to dietary for the sake of relativity to vegan eating and its power to heal. Our bodies can regenerate and heal after unspeakable abuses but we must provide the proper tools in order for it to do so. I appreciate this opportunity to share my story with all who care to hear it. The pic I have provided is me 2 months before my heart attack.

Comment by Janice Morris on March 24, 2014 at 11:42pm

Please keep letting people hear this story.  The minute one puts a name or label to their "disease" and says what they are or have done to solve or at least minimize the problem, people listen.   Great testimony. 

Comment by Scorlid on March 24, 2014 at 10:33pm

Well, where to start from... I have been a vegan for 5 years, but only became raw vegan recently. I have a rare hereditary disease called Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome, which leaves me prone to develop polyps in my gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to a series of cancers, including colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and many other types of cancer. So a few years ago, before becoming vegan, I asked my dad (who also has this syndrome) why he stopped eating meat and dairy products 35 years ago. He claimed that meat and dairy causes the polyps to grow much faster, and so he stopped consuming those products and, surely enough, he has led a very healthy life since he adopted those new eating habits, and at age 60, he has already outlived 50% of people that have this disease. He still eats fish though, but no land meat or dairy. So this got me thinking, what if I stop eating all animal products? Could it lessen the risk for me to get cancer? So, and after getting informed of the horrible conditions animals in the meat and dairy industry are in, I decided to become full time Vegan 5 years ago and never looked back. My health improved tremendously. And after around a year or so being on this diet, my oncologist asked me "how are you doing this? The polyps and their associated growth are so small" and I told her "I'm doing what you should advice all your patients. I became a Vegan" and she remained silent. This whole ordeal led me to the conclusion that the medical system cares more about profits than it does about your health.

I am lucky enough to live in Portugal, especially here in the Algarve, where agriculture is still traditional, with rare use of modern equipments, and zero use of pesticides or any other chemicals. So it is incredibly easy to find cheap fruits and vegetables, and everything is organic. Also, since this region of Portugal has a sub-tropical climate, many fruits can be grown here that don't exist throughout most of Europe, so I eat an abundant variety of fruits and veggies that you rarely see on supermarkets. Having a friendship with many farmers also allowed me to visit farms, help them collect fruit and vegetables, and it's overall an amazing experience. Being a vegan, to me, is not merely a diet, its a lifestyle. A new way of looking at things, to look after our health, our resources, our planet and all living beings on it.

Comment by Kate Florio on March 20, 2014 at 9:27am
These pictures are fabulous!!! I do not have pictures and if I did I wouldn't know how to put them on this site!!!
BUT my hip, that has had arthritis, is getting a little better each day - as I lose weight and continue to detox ! My only glitch right now is social – weaning myself off of what they have to offer when I go to somebody else's house!!!!! That is my toughest challenge right there because unfortunately the cravings are still in my system!!!! All I can say for now is at least there is progress!
Comment by Alexandria Ingram on March 20, 2014 at 8:42am

Started at 138lbs, Now I'm 123 and counting!

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